WEEK 2: TPN Premier League Player of the Week (2019/2020)

Arsenal midfielder, DANI CEBALLOS, was voted The Pace News Premier League Player of the Week 2019/2020 for week 2.

Arsenal played Burnley last Saturday, August 17, at the Emirates Stadium, London.

Dani Ceballos joined the Gunners during the last transfer window on a long-term loan deal from Real Madrid.

Dani Ceballos created the two assists that led to both goals for the Gunners in winning Burnley.


Below are Dani Ceballos’ stats for week 2.


Ratings: 8.7
Minutes played: 84
Goals: 0
Assists: 2
Total shots: 3
Accurate passes: 63
Pass success: 90%
Chances created: 5


Shot accuracy: 50%
Shot on target: 1
Shot off target: 1
Total shots: 3
Blocked shot: 1
Shot woodwork: 0


Accurate passes: 63
Opposition half: 37
Own half: 26
Passes: 70
Pass success: 90%
Crosses: 5
Accurate crosses: 2
Long balls: 6
Accurate long balls: 4
Key passes: 3
Touches: 97
Corners: 6
Throws: 0


Duels: 19
Duels won: 9
Duels lost: 10
Clearances: 0
Dribbles attempted: 4
Dribbles succeeded: 4
Dispossessed: 3
Was fouled: 3
Fouls: 2
Tackles attempted: 2
Tackles succeeded: 2
Aerials won: 0
Aerials lost: 2
Interception: 0
Offsides: 0
Recoveries: 7

Arsenal vs Burnley Match facts (2019/2020)


Match Date: Saturday, August 17, 2019
Time: 12:30
Tournament: Premier League – Week 2
Referee: Mike Dean
Stadium: Emirates Stadium


Arsenal have won their last 10 matches against Burnley in all competitions, a run stretching back to March 2010.

Burnley have won just one of their last 19 away games against Arsenal in all competitions, winning 1-0 at Highbury in the top-flight in September 1974 (W1 D3 L15).

In the Premier League, Arsenal have won their last nine games against Burnley – they have only had longer runs against Man City (11 between 1994 and 2004) and Newcastle United (10 between 2012 and 2017).

At the Emirates, Arsenal have won all seven games against Burnley, scoring 21 goals and conceding just four; the only team the Gunners have faced more often at home since 2006-07 and won each game against is Stoke City (10 wins in 10 games).

Arsenal have lost their first home Premier League match of the season in five of the last eight seasons (W2 D1 L5), losing 0-2 to Manchester City last season.

Arsenal are looking to kick-off a Premier League campaign with two consecutive victories for the first time since 2009-10, when they beat Everton and Portsmouth.

Burnley have never won both of their opening two matches to a Premier League season before, last doing so in the top-flight in 1973-74 and in any division in the 2006-07 Championship.

Among all teams to have featured in more than two Premier League campaigns, Burnley have conceded more goals-per-game in away games vs London clubs than any other side (2.3 – 61 goals in 27 games). The Clarets have taken just one point from their last 21 available in the capital (W0 D1 L6).

Burnley boss Sean Dyche has lost all eight of his Premier League matches against Arsenal – the only manager with a worse 100% losing ratio against an opponent is Gary Megson against Liverpool, who lost all nine of his games against the Reds.

Arsenal forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has scored a brace in all three of his Premier League games against Burnley – only two players have ever scored two or more in four consecutive games against an opponent; Michael Owen vs Newcastle United between 1998 and 2001 and Harry Kane vs Everton between 2017 and 2018.

Among the 56 players who’ve played 10 or more Premier League games for Burnley, goalkeeper Nick Pope is the only one to have won more games than he’s lost for the Clarets in the competition (14 wins, 11 defeats).

David Luiz ‘will be an Arsenal player’ this morning

David Luiz will reportedly become an Arsenal player this morning after Frank Lampard’s decision.

Luiz did not train with Chelsea’s first team yesterday, Wednesday, August 7, as he looked to force through a move to Arsenal.

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Sky Sports expert, Dharmesh Sheth, said the deal will be wrapped up this morning.

Luiz, sharing same agent with Arsenal’s technical director Edu, shows it should not take long to agree terms.

“I have just received another text regarding David Luiz, probably be done in the morning.

“This looks like he will be an Arsenal player. Luiz should be done in the morning,” Sheth said.

The British transfer window slams shut at 5pm today, so club’s are rushing to finalise their squads for the start of the new season.

Arsenal’s defender, Laurent Koscielny, yesterday, joins Bordeaux. This makes the Gunners need a replacement.

Another Sky Sports expert, Kaveh Solhekol, shares that Lampard is happy to let go of Luiz.

“Let’s not forget that Chelsea are under a transfer ban at the moment so even if they wanted to sign a replacement they wouldn’t be able to,” he said.

“That just shows you how much Frank Lampard is happy with him going.”

Arsenal’s TOP 5 club-record signings

Arsenal are known to be signing mostly cheap players for some unknown reasons. Most people said it’s the mentality and stinginess of former Arsenal coach, Arsene Wenger.

Surprisingly, here are Arsenal’s top 5 club-record signing:

Nicolas Pepe (£72million)

Nicolas Pepe

Arsenal confirmed Nicolas Pepe’s transfer from the Ligue 1 side, Lille for a club-record fee of £72million.

Pepe, being the forth signing for the Gunners, was signed on Thursday, August 1, 2019.

It was reported that Arsenal paid an initial £20million and to pay £52million on installment for 5 years.

The 24-year-old winger, Nicolas Pepe also penned a five-year deal with the Gunners.

Joining the Gunners, he was assigned jersey number 19.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£56.1m)

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

In January 31, 2018, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang joined Arsenal, from Borussia Dortmund for a club-record fee of £56.1million.

This made him the most the most expensive Gabonese player of all time.

In his first full season in the Premier League, Aubameyang finished as the league’s joint top-goalscorer.

Alexandre Lacazette (£46.5m)


Striker Alexandre Lacazette joined the North London club after a successful 3 consecutive seasons with Lyon.

On July 5, 2017, Arsenal signed Lacazette for a club-record fee of £46.5million.

His debut season, Lacazette clinches the FA Community Shield title.

Mesut Ozil (£42.5m)

Mesut Ozil

Mesut Ozil

German international, Mesut Ozil, on September 2, 2013, left Spanish club, Real Madrid to join Arsenal, for a club-record fee of £42.5million.

When this deal went through, he became the most expensive German player of all time.

During his debut season, he helped end Arsenal’s 9-year trophy drought, winning the 2014 FA Cup title.

Shkodran Mustafi (£35m)


German defender, Shkodran Mustafi join English club, Arsenal from Valencia, on August 30, 2016, for an undisclosed fee, reported to be in excess of £35million.

Mustafi breaks Bacary Sagna’s record of “unbeaten start of 17 games at the club” when Arsenal drew 3-3 with Bournemouth on his 18th game without defeat.

Nicolas Pepe very happy for Lacazette partnership

Arsenal new signing, Nicolas Pepe is very happy to play alongside Alexandre Lacazette after successful transfer.

The Ivorian international can’t wait to play alongside the French striker.


24-year-old Pepe said:

“When I knew I was coming to Arsenal, I immediately thought of the French guys who play here. Then I also thought of Özil, the world champions, Lacazette, Aubameyang and many more.

“Of course, these are the players who sprang to mind because I used to watch them when I was at Lille.

“Also, Lacazette used to play for Lyon and so I have had the opportunity to play against him and it will be an honour to play alongside him.”

He penned a five-year deal with the Gunners after the clubs agreed £72million transfer fee.

Pepe joins the North London club from Ligue 1 side, Lille.

DONE DEAL: Nicolas Pepe completes Arsenal move

Arsenal has confirmed the signing of Nicolas Pepe from Lille.

Pepe joined the North London club in a blockbuster deal of £72million.


The 24-year-old winger, Nicolas Pepe also penned a five-year deal with the Gunners.

The Ivory Coast international, happy for the transfer, told newsmen:

“Being here is very emotional because it has not been easy for me.

“I have come a long way and struggled a lot and so signing for this great club is a big reward.”

Pepe, 24, disclosed how hard he worked to be at this level, and this big move is a great reward.

He has been assigned the number 19 jersey and also today becomes the club-record signing.

“It’s not an easy step” – van Dijk tells Tierney

Arsenal transfer target, Kieran Tierney will have to raise his game if he seals his long-awaited move to the Emirates.

That is the verdict of the Celtic star’s former Parkhead team-mate Virgil van Dijk, who first move to England with Southampton in 2015 and now plays for Liverpool.

“It is not an easy step to make and you have to play well to do it,” Van Dijk said. “But Kieran has the qualities.

“He made his debut against Dundee when I was at Celtic. I scored a free-kick and then he came on and helped us get the win.”

Arsenal receives boosts to sign Tierney following Napoli not showing interest in the player.

Napoli boss Carlo Ancelotti revealed he is not interested in the player.

Arsenal plot double Juventus deal

Arsenal are ready to offer Juventus the chance to offload Sami Khedira as part of an agreement for Daniele Rugani.

Khedira is on the edge at the Allianz Stadium following an influx of new signings, including former Arsenal midfield, Aaron Ramsey.

Khedira was in the stands as Arsenal lost 2-1 to Lyon in the Emirates Cup on Sunday, fuelling speculation he could join the Gunners.

Now La Gazzetta dello Sport claim Unai Emery could take Khedira off Juve’s hands to help facilitate a two-year loan of Rugani.

Arsenal’s Unai Emery not keen on Khedira

Arsenal are unlikely to seal Sami Khedira signature this summer, despite the German being spotted at The Emirates.

The Gunners boss, Unai Emery, on Sunday admitted that he had not heard any rumour linking the player with a move to the club.

“Khedira is a very good player but this is the first time I have heard his name mentioned,” Emery told a press conference after 2-1 defeat to Lyon in the Emirates Cup.

The German World Cup winner joined Juventus in 2015 from Real Madrid, but continues to struggle in his last two seasons.

Khedira, 32, made just 10 appearances in the league in the 2018/2019 season as form and fitness woes continued.

Since the arrival of Adrien Rabiot and Aaron Ramsey this summer, it’s guessed that Khedira’s time may be up.

Rumours had it that Arsenal and Wolves are interested in offering the German international a place.

Gianluca Di Marzio claims that Juventus are ‘examining the squad’ and are considering selling a number of players, as they look forward to the new season.

Arsenal receives boost in Tierney’s race

Arsenal are in pole position to sign Celtic defender, Kieran Tierney, after Napoli boss Carlo Ancelotti revealed he is not interested in the player.

Tierney is expected to leave Celtic this summer amid interest from Arsenal and Napoli.

The left-back was viewed as the ideal defensive cover for Unai Emery’s side, who shipped 51 goals last season.

And it looks like they will get their man, after Ancelotti dismissed Napoli’s interest.

“Am I aware of Kieran Tierney? I know him and he is a really good young left-back, but he is a Celtic player.

“We are looking for a lot of players for this coming season but we have two good left-backs,” Ancelotti said.

This looks more like a good boost for the North London side to seal the deal of this star.